New Year’s Eve, restaurants & muffin tops

We had a lovely dinner at Castagna Cafe last night, although I’d say it was good rather than stellar. I mean we’d be more likely to try a new place than return. We’re finally going to Andina today for a 2:30pm lunch! Very exciting. I’d walked by that place when I was still at The Hotel and thought it looked good. When I mentioned it in conversation with the The Ladd Charles, he was like, That’s my favorite restaurant! 

Unfortunately I have not rallied myself for exercise early enough to get to what I’d planned on for today in time. I was going to do Day 7 of Julia’s Twelve Days of Christmas. (She didn’t add me into the new Facebook group like she’d said she would, but I understand because I don’t actually know any of the ladies involved, and the whole reason she archived the first was that it’d gotten too big. With that invariably comes the negativity and trolls. I never saw it there but I guess it was happening. In any case, it wasn’t ever going to replace the community that I had with Astangis at one time, so NBD.)

I’ve missed so many workouts with this vicious cold! Maybe I’ll get to it tonight. We’re not doing anything after lunch. My voice is still too weak. It’d made some gains yesterday an then I talked too much & had to revert to the pen and pad at dinner. At least the waitress didn’t treat me like a leper because of it, like the guy the night before. She was sweet.

I should really work out. A Sierre Trading Post delivery was here this morning. It’s a discount shopping site I’d never heard of before meeting Ch. He’d ordered me a couple pairs of jeans to try on. I haven’t bought new jeans in ages and was wise not to go with my previous, fitter NYC-size of a 25″ waist. I went with 26, but guess what? The “Rock & Roll” jeans fit perfectly everywhere except for nipping in at the waist to provide me with the dreaded muffin top. One is worse than the other. If I were to wear a fitted top I’d have to walk around with my arms up overhead, lol. So it’s really just the cut… I have narrow hips but I don’t have all that much of a waist. I’m pretty much straight up in down, with a little more softness around the lower abs than there used to be, and that shit isn’t going away unless I resume a more active lifestyle. (Not much hope there.)

I really don’t like the cheesy logo stuck on the back anyway. I hate prominent logos, as I have a thing against free whoring for corporations in general.

Also the Asics don’t fit. Doh! For sneakers I find it’s really best to go try a bunch of stuff on. It’s nearly impossible to get a great fit via an order and return cycle. Of course then you’ve gotta be able to pay full retail. I’ll continue to wear the too-big ones. It’s ok. It’s not like I’m running a marathon or anything.

At least I’ll get my sit in before we go!

A bored (and wronged) witch is a dangerous witch, PDX

Reversal Part 2

I probably should’ve waited to add the valerian root to my noxious blend! Every time I spit flem into my coffee can cauldron I get a whiff, lol. The gunk in my sinuses has thankfully loosened enough so I can breathe. I’m still blowing my nose fairly constantly, and my Vaseline still comes to bed with me every night for post blow application (and is by my side all day). The first plan was to keep adding to the mix as long as I’m coughing, but I think I may bury it tomorrow, and it can keep steeping on a semi permanent basis.

I’m using the fruits of my illness as a tools, see. I have suffered emotionally to a huge extent, and the social isolation has taken a big toll on the robustness of my health. So I will take my illness, suffering and all the negative feelings that generates and put it allllll into the mix to send back.

I’ve decided to take another rest day from exercise. I had to work out the day before yesterday, as days of lying in bed had made my back so sore. Yesterday I chose a no-impact routine, though it was one of Julia’s. It took a lot out of me. Too much. I hadn’t eaten a substantial meal since Christmas Day & I nearly told Charlie I didn’t want to go to Rogue for burgers after all. I’m glad I rallied. Also glad I thought to bring a notepad & pen with me, as it’s most often loud in there and last night it was.


We had the same waiter as the last visit. I’d asked C to tell him I had laryngitis so he wouldn’t think I was rude by not communicating at all. The funny thing was that after that he wouldn’t look at me, as if I were sporting some deeply embarrassing deformity. I could still smile and nod!

And then they were having a sale on some of their bottled beers and C asked if we could get a case of the IPA we were drinking. The table flyer said, “Ask your server about our selections!”, or something like that. The waiter goes, Uhh… I could check and see if we have it if I get a chance. C was momentarily taken aback and the waiter left. So C grabbed one (from the other room) and then wrote on the table flyer, “Actually the server would prefer you check yourself.

I still like that place. It’s satisfyingly divey.

Tonight we’re going to check out the cafe outpost of an expensive, foodie-type place (think single bit sized “portions” swimming in huge, fancy plates) that I spent some time on Twitter making fun of today.


The cafe is still pricey, but like a quarter of the “fahncy” restaurant, and I’m pretty sure you might even get half plates of food, or C must think so as he wouldn’t have suggested we try it. Occurred to me that it might’ve been a mistake to reserve the table using my Open Table account, in that case, lol, but C couldn’t remember his password. Or I typed it in wrong.

Things about Portland that suck

Portland restaurants are really not any cheaper than NYC restaurants, and there’s a huge gap in the medium range, comfy cafe level. You’ve either got brewpub or EXPENSIVE, it seems. And I never saw a fee for splitting an entree anywhere in NYC. I went to a so-so Italian place in Sellwood on a pre Ch internet date once, and was shocked to see they’d bill you $5 if you wanted an entree served on two plates. Da fuck?

Also interesting, two of the places I liked best when I was trying to be vegan and virtuous are closing. Portobello is one of the few places that comes sort-of close to NYC levels. Like, why do vegan places here have to be like biker bars serving only junk food, or look like fast food restaurants where you might want to have lunch but NEVER dinner? I don’t get it. Portobello serves decent food and at least as a B- ambiance, but they’re done on the 31st.

Vtopia, the vegan cheese place and cafe, is now crowd sourcing to try to stay open, so you know they’re done. I used to live within walking distance and liked going there. C and I have been together several times, but the last time we went we found a new owner and there was no wine, because apparently the liquor license does not transfer. That makes NO sense! And while the owner was nice, the cheese case looked barren and depressing and I remember the detail that they served us each about 1 tablespoon of dressing with our salads and it was impossible to get attention to get any more, even though there were maybe 1 or 2 other occupied tables at best. I had a strong feeling it wouldn’t last, and we weren’t ever motivated to return.

No impact #HIIT, #reps and #yoga

Well I’m pretty sure I over did it yet again, but in defense of my own stupidity I have no other outlets. I should really start keeping track of the times I leave the house, further than walking Henry around the yard! A trip to the food co-op is now exciting, and a trip to Whole Foods is SUPER exciting. That’s how pathetically restricted my life is. It’d be idyllic here, if I had an income, a small car and a downtown studio. I have none of these things. And in spite of my exercising I have a constant, soft pooch in my lower belly, but like I’ve said before, when I’m not working out I’m completely inactive.

I’ve got Henry and Charlie though. Both are snuggly.

I do think I’m going to pretend shop for a studio, just to torture myself.


DAY 6: Silent Night Full Body Sculpt

Wore my ankle weights for it. Got the idea from a comment on the YouTube page.

Warm Up: 30:30
1. March in place arm circles
2. Down dog cobra
3. Fire hydrants R
4. Leg lifts R
5. Fire hydrants L
6. Leg lifts L

Each set is HIIT at 50:10

Set 1 1x 4 minutes
1. RL Fwd Lunge + Pass under + Alt SA Bent Arm Raise while in lunge 25
2. RL Curtsy lunge + SL DL 30
3. LL Fwd Lunge + Pass under + Alt SA Bent Arm Raise while in lunge
4. LL Curtsy Lunge + SL DL

Rep based moves:
1. 8 bear crawl hold ceiling stomp + Fire Hydrant / per leg (fluid movement)
2. 8 Plie Squat & Upright Chest Press (squat & press elbows together, come up and press OH) 20
3. 8/leg Slider Rev Lunges 30
4. 8 (2) slider mtn climbers 1 jack pushup

Set 2 2x 8 minutes
1. Swings 35 / elevated feet knee in & opp arm
2. RL Slider Side Lunge with weight touchdown, stand and press out and OH
3. Swings 35 / elevated feet knee in & opp arm
4. LL Slider Side Lunge with Weight touchdown, stand and press out and OH

Repeat rep moves

Set 3 1x 4 minutes
1. Heavy squat 3 pulses 40
2. Plie hold ankle taps with single weight 15
3. Heavy Squat 3 pulses
4. Plie hold ankle taps with single weight

Repeat rep moves Took my vest off for the push-up move starting this set. Stupid vest is SO hard to get back on w/out tangling tho. Have to pause the video every time.

Set 4 2x 8 minutes
30 for all. Loved this set, especially with ankle weights & vest (which brings total extra weight load to about 50lbs)
1. Lateral RL Step up Rev Lunge
2. RL Bosu staggered Squat to Lateral Leg Lift
3. Back Load Lateral LL Step up Rev Lunge
4. LL Bosu staggered Squat to Lateral Leg Lift

Repeat rep moves

Set 5 1 x 4 minutes on bench, 30 for all
1. Heavy Hip Thrust
2. Pullover + narrow chest press
3. Heavy Hip Thrust
4. Pullover + narrow chest press

Repeat rep moves

Set 6 2x 8 minutes
Left vest off here as I was getting sick tired.
1 RL Curtsy + SA swing 20
2 RL Bulgarian weight to toe + SA clean and press 20 first set, both sides, then I hadda drop to 15 for the 2nd round
3 LL Curtsy + SA swing
4 LL Bulgarian + SA clean and press

Abs slider burn and cool/s
20 mtn climber sliders 2=1
15 plank slider jacks
10 tuck abs
5 T stand toe touches/leg
10 hamstring heel pulls
15 wide mtn climber 2=1
20 alt plank kickunders 1=1

(Time = 1:24. I took lots of breaks!)


Only 7min

#HIIT #tabata and #yoga

I got a sickie workout in! No voice still but at least I’m feeling more human, even if I still have coughing fits so violent I feel like I’m going to barf on myself.

Did the whole thing along w/ the video because I didn’t feel like previewing. Also it was all time based, which was absolutely perfect for the “cause” of just getting a workout in and loosening up my sick-sore joints. It was just important to move my body because four straight days of just lying around and I had a really sore lower back. I cracked it in the mid left thoracic though during one of the breaks. It never used to crack there before “Miami 2012”, but such is life.

And wouldn’t you know it’s a night I could actually maybe leave the house, but it’s jam night, which is way too loud. For one thing.


Got a decent burn too. I really think this is about the level that my old 3rd series was, although I never started wearing a monitor until I was out of the studios and past the days of tick tocks and chakra bandhasana.

DAY 5: Holiday HIIT and Tinsel Town Tabata by Christine Comeau

1. Plank walk out pushup
2. Lunge and twist
3. Curtsy lunge round house
4. Curtsy lunge round house
5. Butt kickers
6. Jumping jacks

Christmas Tree HIIT 50:10 1x 5 min with vest
1. Christmas tree ornament saves (tricep fall to pushup+ plank hop and 180 jump)
2. Christmas tree plank jumps (triangle plank hops)
3. Christmas star reaches (weighted squat drop weights and squat jump)
4. Christmas tree carries- left (Single weight on shoulder walking lunges )
5. Christmas tree carries- right

Yule log tabata: 20:10 4x each move 6 min
1. Yule log chops (chops + switch lunges)
2. Yule log lifts (deadlifts)
3. Yule log rolls (roll backs + plyo push + 2 squat jumps)

Snow much fun HIIT 50:10 1x 5 min
1. Snow angels (alternating SL lateral leg lift + around the world arms)
2. Snowman jumps (low, medium, high squat jumps)
3. Snowflake burpees (jack push ups + 4 weighted jacks)
4. Snow sled (wall runner mtn climbers 4 + 2 shoulder taps)
5. Shoveling snow (alt squat slams)

Christmas treat Tabata: 20:10 4x per move 6 min
1. Candy cane squats (pistol squats) I don’t need to remove my vest for roll-back moves, but I take it off for pistols. But hey I don’t have to prop my heels anymore! As long as I do alt legs I’m good. Left leg is the weaker by a lot so alt legs is better-er for me.
2. Peppermint twists (Russian Twist)
3. Gingerbread runs (10 high knees + 2 star jumps)

Santa’s coming HIIT 50:10 1x 5 min
1. Christmas stocking burpee (pike jump at the top + pike push up)
2. Reindeer crawls + jump (4 bear crawls forward + bear crawl hop, 4 bear crawls back + hop)
3. Chimney climbers (standing mountain climbers 10 drop and pop)
4. Jump for Joy (broad jump + box jump +tuck jump, jump back)
5. Christmas mornings jump out of bed and cheer! Roll lateral + Explosive pushup+ star jump

Have yourself a Burpee little Christmas Tabata 20:10-8x per move 12 min
vest off here – this is 12min of burpees after all
1. Present burpees (box jump burpees)
2. Christmas star burpees ( jack push up + star jump)
3. MistleTOE burpee (SL push + SL hop on toes)

HIIT the presents 50:10 2x 10 min
1. Present presses (clean and press to hide presents on the top shelf)
2. Present switches (switch lunge + dumbbell pass)
3. Present shakes (goblet sumo squat and oblique twist+OH raise)
4. Present passes (bicep curl and press out)
5. Present pick-up and pass (variation of twerknado- broad jump with a dumbbell, set it down and 180 tuck jump, pick it up and broad jump back)

Naughty or nice burnout 4 min
1. 40 sec plank + oblique knees
2. 20 sec plank holds
3. 40 sec tricep push up burpees
4. 20 sec tricep hold
15 sec child pose
5. 40 sec commandos
6. 20 sec low plank holds
7. 40 sec std burpee
8. 20 sec hold halfway in push up position


About 23min. Managed to crack that spot again in karna pidasana. I feel much better and significantly less annoyed.

Day 6, Day 3 of no voice

And I’ve gotta say MY BACK IS FUCKING KILLING ME from four consecutive days of lying around. I’ve gotta lie on the dinosaur today at least. I dunno… maybe I should work out but the thing Christmas Eve, while impressive, sort of drained me. This cold is so bad that I don’t believe it severely influenced things, but… the other thing is that there is no “public me” to keep up with anymore. I’m so sequestered I sometimes wonder if I’m developing the beginning seeds of agoraphobia. I mean, it feels slightly like sneaking out of the house in high school, when I occasionally take the bus downtown on Wednesdays to clean my friend’s workshop. I’m out of the house by myself! 

I shit you not. It’s like that. And this cold has cost me that session for this week. Ain’t no way I’m willfully sharing what I’ve got going on at present. Speaking of that I smashed the reversal spell mirror last night. Candle finally burned down. Got another candle waiting in the wings… Smash, smash, smash.

Fuck it maybe I’ll do a Julia later. My energy is slightly better, so I’m finally on the fucking upswing. It’s jam night at a friend of Ch’s. I never go, because in Portland I can’t leave when I want. Maybe I’ll go one of these weeks for novelty, but certainly not when I can’t talk.

Day 6: Cannot speak at all #sick

I’m reduced to a notepad and speakable items. (I can type faster than I can write.) I got close to five hours of solid sleep, which is the most since before onset (Thursday night). Had to take a tranquilizer though. I’ll definitely leave the cannabis oil off the menu from now on. The high doesn’t knock me out which is the entire point. All I get is an unbearable dry mouth. I was thinking Sunday night that at least I was being forced to sip water, but staying miserably awake all night was definitely not part of the intended cure.

Last night I was hoping this would be a workout day, but I can tell I’m pretty much holding steady at the bottom here. The upswing hasn’t started yet. And who cares really? It’s not like I’m going to not look good in those nice outfits I don’t have, while hanging out with my local social circle which doesn’t exist. I’ve always made new friends easily in the past, but that requires leaving the house. It also requires an income (which here would be enough to cover the cost of drinks, snacks and uber).

If Fuzz would ever get off his ass and send us the title replacement for the pre-dented Fuzzmobile, I could learn to drive, and I could at least make grocery runs. But that wouldn’t help me socialize. I’d need to live in a public transportation zone for that.

Drinking peppermint, turmeric and ginger tea with lots of honey, now that I’ve had my black coffee. Burning the (first) reversal candle. I didn’t finish it last night because I knew I didn’t have the energy to walk down the long drive way, smash the mirror and walk back up again. Today I will do it.

The stuff in my chest is still infected and very tight. I probably won’t have a voice at all until it started to soften and break up.

Wow I am SERIOUSLY sick

I haven’t been this bad in years, with a respiratory thing, not since like 34/35. I’d been trying to celebrate Christmas like a healthy person but this cold has just gotten worse and worse, approaching flu levels. I waaaaay over did some cannabis oil, trying to sleep last night, and then I just got the horrible dry mouth reaction and no sleep.

I’ve got rock hard sinuses, noxious goo in my chest and now I’ve lost my voice too. I need to just stay in bed for a couple days, drink liquids, (except for wine), and recover. One of the funny things is that one point in the many billion I couldn’t sleep I started planning a pre yoga HIIT, and turned my phone on to make the list. There will be no exercise the next couple days.

Charlie brought some coffee upstairs which is why my eyes are open and I’m blearily, still both high and tired AF, typing this. Poor guy! At least we got to have fun on the Eve. I might see if I can wobble downstairs to get him to make me more of it. And there’s organic OJ in the fridge…